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Title: The Discursive Construction of Second Language Learners' Motivation
Subtitle: A Multi-level Perspective
Written By: Mingyue Gu
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=D&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430063
Description:

This longitudinal qualitative study explores the motivation and identity
development of students in a comprehensive university who are learning
English as a second language (L2). It is set in the contemporary People's
Republic of China, where dramatic sociocultural, political and economical
changes are taking place. Multiple research methods, including interviews,
diary studies and recorded interactions, are employed. The author considers
in her study both the impact of broader issues such as globalization and
more local social development on language learners at tertiary-level in
China, and the effects of discourse and community in constructing
motivation. This study combines detailed linguistic analysis with
sociocultural theory, together with the concept of communities of practice.
In so doing, the author investigates the social, historical, linguistic and
individualistic factors that combine dynamically over time to co-construct
learners' motivation. A critical discourse analysis approach to exploring
language learner motivation presents an enhanced understanding of the
relationship between motivation and interaction, providing a line of
enquiry and manifold new insights.


Contents:

Discourse of Globalization - Discourse of Christianity - Social
Psychological Approaches to L2 Motivation - Cognitive Approaches to L2
Motivation - Situated Approaches to L2 Motivation - Poststructuralist
Approaches to L2 Motivation - Identity - Agency and Structure - Critical
Discourse Analytical Framework - Discursive Construction of Motivation in
Engagement, Imagination and Alignment - Discursive Construction of
Motivation in Interaction - Motivation and Personal Transformation - A
Multi-level Model to L2 Motivation.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034300636
Pages: 294
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